Out of 75,000 eligible educators, Burroughs High School teacher Jill Tobin stands among 16 chosen as Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year.
“It’s totally humbling,” she said. “I feel like I don’t deserve this any more than anybody else at this school or at this district.”
In her ninth year of teaching science at Burroughs, Tobin aspires to help students apply the subject to their own lives.
In one infamous lesson, students learned how phytoplankton require nitrogen made available from whale waste in order to fulfill their role as the basis of the ocean’s food chain, which is a necessary element to the planet’s well-being.
In class that day, the message was, “our life and the lives of other creatures are dependent on whale poop,” Tobin said.